November 14, 2011 10:57

Unseen Michael Jackson documentary to be auctioned for £4 million

Scrapped movie from 1993 tour was originally given to late singer's chauffeur

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A previously unseen Michael Jackson documentary is set to be auctioned in London later this month.

The film, which features footage of the singer's ‘Dangerous' world tour in 1993 filmed in Argentina, was given to Fame Bureau auctioneers by Jackson's chauffeur and has been given a reserve price of £4 million, although it is expected to sell for a higher amount.

According to The Independent, Jackson gave a VHS copy of the scrapped film to his chauffeur, who wished to remain anonymous. The King Of Pop was said to be unhappy with the finished documentary, which is why it was never released, and he also sacked the crew who worked on it.

The driver said he had been given the tape as "a reward or a bonus" for his "transportation services" and leaked a very short clip of the film online in 2009 after Jackson's death, but was stopped by the singer's record label and lawyers who claimed exclusive rights to the film.

However, although he is forbidden by US law from distributing copies, he does have the right to sell or transfer the VHS to third parties.

Fame Bureau's CEO Ted Owen said: "I'm very excited that this tape is finally going to be seen because of its quality, the amount of cameras used and the sheer closeness you are to the performance when watching it."

Since his death in 2009, there has been a slew of Jackson-related memorabilia sold at auction houses. In June of this year, the jacket that the singer wore in the 1983 ‘Thriller' video was put up for auction, along with his famous white glove and a fedora he wore onstage. Earlier this month, meanwhile, a pair of silk pyjamas and a bed he once slept in were sold in Ireland (November 8).

Last week (November 7), Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

The jury's decision was unanimous as Murray, who denied giving the pop superstar a fatal overdose of the powerful sedative, propofol on June 25, 2009, after a six week long trial.

Murray has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 29. The 58-year-old physician is expected to face up to four years in prison and lose his license to practise medicine.

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